Thursday, June 14, 2012

Finished Shawl

California Trip

We were in California last week for Mitch's nephew's high school graduation.

After we landed, we had a nice meal in Santa Monica and strolled to the beach. Don't get too jealous, we were only there for a few minutes...we had to drive to Bakersfield.

This is what Bakersfield looks like.

We had a fun time visiting in Bakersfield (Mitch's home town) with his friend since 10 years of age, Don, and his wife Lynn.

On graduation day, Mitch and his nephew had a jam session.
 We also met Mitch's grand-niece for the first time.

I exercised every day I was there, and one day we did an intense workout program with Lynn and her 14 year old son. It's called P90X2 Plyocide. When this photo was taken, Mitch's ponytail was dripping sweat on my arm! Ewww.

After we left Bakersfield, we headed back to Los Angeles and visited with two of Mitch's cousins in Huntington Beach. The younger one he had not seen in over a decade.

On our last day we toured Huntington Gardens and art museum in Pasadena, which is amazing. Need way more than one day to see it. And you can see tall mountains in the distance from Pasadena, TALL!

Yep, that is the Blue Boy painting. Famous. The pink girl was there too, "Pinkie". Also famous. It was a great trip.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

State of the Knit

I've been knitting the lace bottom half of what will be a crescent shaped shawl. Only one more lace repeat of 20 rows, and I can pick up the stitches on the top edge and knit the top half, which will be an easy plain knit. This project also has beads knitted in to the bottom border and the top edge. Merino and silk! This project is part of a year-long knit club that I purchased. Next kit comes any day so I better finish this one.

This particular club year has a travel theme. This shawl is for the "Seychelles islands" destination, and we received information about our "destination", recipes, a sea shell and recommendations for sights on the island. This shawl pattern was designed especially for this kit, and was inspired by waves and sand, which the pattern evokes. The shiny beads are like glints of the sun off the water, and the lace pattern is in waves. The yarn was specially hand-dyed by an indie dyer, Miss Babs.

 The next kit is for "the moors". Looking forward to seeing what that will be, and what I can learn about the location. Armchair traveling!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Day 3 Big Island: Chain of Craters Road

At the end of our last day on the Big Island, we drove through Volcanoes National Park and down Chain of Craters Road to the end of the line. End of the line, because the road at the coast is covered with hardened lava.

Sea arch at the end of the road...

Craggy lava coastline...I wish we'd been able to see some flowing lava, but this is beautiful and stunning.

My brother's comment on this photo: "Expect delays."

End of the road.

We walked out to a petroglyph field. This took longer than expected, because walking on lava is harder than you'd think. Footing is constantly shifting, it is work. You have to watch where you are putting your feet at every moment. For more information on the petrogylphs, go here: Pu'u Loa petroglyph trail.

Next post will show night photos of the glowing volcano, our last night on the Big Island.